Kojo Bonsu, a former mayor of Kumasi and a successful businessman, has questioned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the strategies it employed to carry out the Free SHS programme in spite of the nation’s economic difficulties.
Even if one wishes to participate in Free SHS, the politician advised against going all in. A partial payment will do.
On The Lowdown on GhanaWeb TV, Daniel Oduro interviewed the former mayor of Kumasi.
The lawmaker claimed during the interview that Free SHS was not feasible given Ghana’s present economic situation.
“Who invited them to participate in free SHS? We are dying because of it, Kojo stated.
“If the kids aren’t going to school, you give them some of the money for the school fees or figure out a method to deal with it so that more people would go to school than if SHS was completely free—tuition, housing, everything, uniforms included. You can’t do it; it’s something.
In the run-up to the 2020 general elections, the opposition National Democratic Congress made a vow that if their party won, they would examine the Free SHS policy.
While the opposition maintained that the programme needed to be reviewed in order to reflect the country’s financial situation, the ruling New Patriotic Party saw the NDC’s stance as a request for the policy to be cancelled.
But according to the governing New Patriotic Party, the Free SHS programme won’t be scrapped.